How to Install Landscape Lighting: Basic Instructions
Step 3: Dig 6" deep trenches then run the cable according to your plan. Lay the landscape lighting transformer on a bucket or box and do not mount it at this time. Leave at least 5 feet of slack by the transformer, then loosely run the cable to each fixture according to your layout. Use the provided color tags to mark each cable at both ends (with the same color). Since you may need to move the fixture later, pull a 3-ft. coil of wire at each fixture and bury it near the stake.
Step 6: Check that all lights are working. Use a voltmeter to ensure that all LED fixtures are within the 9-15v range. For halogen lamps, the range is 10 to 12v. If you find voltages lower than the minimum, connect that home run to a higher voltage tap so the resulting voltage is within the range.
Step 8: Finish off and bury wire runs. Straighten out cable runs and wrap wire around each cable run bundle for a neat finish. For cables that run under turf edges and under mulch beds, consider using a PVC Conduit to enclose the cable. VOLT has a split conduit that can be placed over a wire after the wire has been run. Once cables are placed in the correct position, fill and cover trenches.
Step 9: Aim and Adjust. Make sure you wait for night to fall and fully analyze your landscape lighting before leaving. Make sure the lights are correctly positioned, change any bulbs or optics, check for glare from the fixtures and fine tune. Now, you can enjoy your landscape lighting system.